15 November 2018

Stories of Archaeological Discovery at Dublin Port, the River Liffey and the Irish Sea

A series of lunchtime lectures in November organised by the National Museum of Ireland-Archaeology with Dublin Port


First Port of Call – National Museum finds from Dublin Port, from Sea to River

Wednesday 07/11/2018 – 1.00-1.45pm

Nessa O’Connor, an archaeologist and curator at the National Museum of Ireland will give this first lecture with a focus on the Museum’s involvement over many years with the archaeology of Irish ports. She will talk about the early development of coastal and riverside settlement in Dublin and some of the finds associated with early travellers and settlers through the present day port area, the Liffey river side, along the nearby coast and from more distant waters. Location: National Museum of Ireland-Archaeology, Kildare Street.


The Working River, a Harmonious Relationship between City and Port

Wednesday 14/11/2018 – 1.00-1.45pm

Dublin City’s relationship with the River Liffey has been an integral one since the first settlement. Significant sources survive that chart the growth and development of maritime activities along the river, while recent and current development on the riverfront help to expose its detail. The presentation by Niall Brady, Maritime Archaeologist and Director of The Archaeological Diving Company Ltd, highlights the work being done within Dublin Port as part of the Alexandra Basin Redevelopment project, and shows some of the findings that have been made. This lecture will take place at Dublin Port.


Mapping, Investigating and Documenting Historic Shipwrecks off the Dublin Coast

Wednesday 21/11/2018 – 1pm-2pm

Dublin’s long standing maritime tradition is as strong today as it ever was and manifests itself in many ways ranging from active coastal communities and recreational use of the sea to vibrant fishing fleets and commercial shipping traffic entering and departing Dublin Port. With such large volumes of traffic since the earliest times it not surprising that Dublin has one of the highest densities of shipwrecks anywhere along the Irish coast. This talk by Karl Brady, Underwater Archaeology Unit, National Monuments Service, will present an illustrated update on research undertaken through mapping, documenting and investigating some of the many shipwrecks lost off the Dublin Coast with a particular focus on discoveries made in recent times. Location: National Museum of Ireland-Archaeology, Kildare Street.

No admission costs. Booking required. Please email educationarch@museum.ie or call 01 6486 334

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